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Boundary Change Task Force Frequently Asked Questions
 

Why are changes being made to Kyrene boundaries?
 
It has been over 20 years since the current boundaries were put in place. Since that time, population shifts have occurred, new programs have been introduced and school needs have changed, presenting some challenges and inefficiencies which needed to be addressed.


Who recommended these changes?

The Boundary Change Task Force was formed in 2013 to review existing boundaries, identify possible changes, make recommendations to the Governing Board, and coordinate public forums in compliance with state statutes.

The Task Force is comprised of parents, community members, teachers and administrators. The Task Force has been facilitated by the Chief Financial Officer for Kyrene (Jeremy Calles) and by the Director of Governance and Operations (Jeff Peters). A demographer has been working with the Task Force to provide data on population trends and to project possible boundary change scenarios.

 
Which school boundaries are being affected?

All boundaries were subject to review. The Task Force completed a review of the Tempe/Chandler school boundaries in 2014, and recommended changes which were implemented starting with the 2015-16 school year.  

The current Task Force recommendation affects boundaries for schools west of I-10 and to the Niños/Norte boundary. There are four recommendations being proposed:

Recommendation #1—Adjust Far West Side Elementary Attendance Areas

This recommendation addresses the “goose neck” north of Chandler Boulevard between Saplum Way and 21th Street.  Students in this area are currently assigned to Estrella. The recommendation proposed the boundary be change to assign them to Monte Vista.  There will be a transition period of two years in which current affected students will still receive transportation to Estrella/Akimel A-al if they chose to continue attending Estrella for that time period. This transition time has been well received by affected community members.  

Many of the students in these grids already attend schools other than Estrella, and the estimated impact is on 14 students.

This recommendation also proposed assigning students living in the area west of 19th Avenue to Cerritos/Altadena. They currently are assigned to Estrella/Akimel A-al. Most of the students in this grid Estimated number of students impacted is less than 100.

Recommendation #2—Create Niños/Norte “Super Boundary” 

This recommendation proposes a “Super Boundary” for students living in the Ninos/Norte boundaries. They will have a choice of enrolling in the dual-language choice program at Norte (provided they are in K-1st grade or transferring from another dual language program) or attending the general academic program at Ninos.  

There is also an adjustment for students who live north of Elliot, east of Country Club (to Price) who are currently assigned to Waggoner, to be part of the Niños/Norte “Super Boundary”.  

There will be a transition period of two years in which current students will receive transportation to Waggoner if they chose to continue attending Waggoner for that time period. This transition time has been well received by affected community members. Transportation will be provided in accordance with current policy to the student’s program of choice at either Niños or Norte.
Approximately 30 students will be affected by the proposed change.

Recommendation #3—Create Estrella/Lagos “Super Boundary”*

This recommendation proposes a “Super Boundary” for students living in the Estrella/Lagos boundary, South of Chandler Boulevard between approximately 14th and 40th Streets. 

Students living within these boundaries will have a choice of enrolling in the dual-language choice program at Lagos (provided they are in K-1st grade or transferring from another dual language program) or attending the general education program at Estrella. Transportation will be provided in accordance with current policy to the student’s program of choice at either Lagos or Estrella.

Recommendation #4—Move Manitas Area West of I-10 to Colina, Esperanza and Lomas

This recommendation proposes shifting students who are currently in the Manitas boundary, west of I-10, to Colina, Esperanza and Lomas.

The proposed changes eliminates the need for these students to cross a major freeway to attend school, which was one of the specific goals of the Boundary Change Task Force.   43% of students within the Manitas boundary already attend other Kyrene schools.

 
What is the timeline for review/implementation of the proposed changes?
 
Date Activity
Sept 2014 to June 2015 Boundary Task Force meets
August 2015 Presentation of Task Force recommendations to Governing Board
August 2015 Governing Board approves moving forward with Public Forums on Task Force Recommendations
September 2015 Information on Task Force Recommendations available on Kyrene website; including feedback survey
September 2015 Postcards sent to property owners in affected neighborhoods
Public Forums
October 15, 2015 Public Forum 1, Centennial Middle School, 8:45am - 10:00am
October 20, 2015 Public Forum 2, Niños Elementary School, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
October 27, 2015 Public Forum 3, Kyrene School District, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
November 2, 2015 Boundary Change Task Force reviews public comments; makes changes to recommendation if appropriate
November 10, 2015 Governing Board Study Session (if necessary)
November 24, 2015 Presentation of Superintendent's recommendation to Governing Board for possible approval
Dec 2015 to Aug 2016 Implementation of only approved recommendations; and communication to Kyrene community
 
Where can I get more information on the proposed changes? 
 
More information, including maps and enrollment data can be found at: www.kyrene.org/2016 Boundary Changes
 
 
What if I have a concern about the proposed changes?
 
You may fill out our online survey here. In addition, the public is invited to attend the public forums that have been scheduled, and encouraged to provide input on the proposed changes. Those forums are scheduled for:
 
October 15 Centennial Middle School     8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
October 20 Niños Elementary School   4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
October 27 Kyrene District Office   6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


What schools are affected by  the proposed boundary changes?
 
Akimel A-al Suzanne Phillips, Principal
Altadeña Nancy Corner, Principal
Cerritos Darcy Dicosmo, Principal
Colina Kelley Brunner, Principal
Esperanza Cheryl Greene, Principal
Estrella Michael Lamp, Principal
Lagos Ana Gomez del Castillo, Principal
Lomas Brian Gibson, Principal
Manitas Dan Langston, Principal
Monte Vista Suzanne Ramundo, Principal
Niños Tonja Yalung, Principal
Norte Tracey Pastor, Principal
Waggoner Lisa Gibson, Principal
 
 
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